New details are emerging about the shooting outside Lincoln Park High School last week that left a 17-year-old boy with a graze wound. Police on Tuesday revealed for the first time that the gunman fired into a crowd of people who were on the school’s parking lot — not just at one person.
The additional information came out as CPD announced that prosecutors approved more charges against a juvenile who was arrested with a gun at the Armitage Brown Line station shortly after the shooting at 7:30 p.m. on June 1.
Police efforts to win the approval of more serious charges against the teen were hampered by witnesses who refused to cooperate with the investigation, according to an email Ald. Michele Smith sent to constituents Thursday.
“Unfortunately, several of our neighbors who witnessed the incident refused to cooperate with the police, and the State’s Attorney was unable to bring charges for the shooting itself,” Smith said last week. “We strongly believe that providing information when a citizen witnesses a crime is a duty of a citizen, and hope that our neighbors reconsider.”
Tuesday morning, prosecutors signed off on aggravated discharge of a firearm charges against the 17-year-old boy who was allegedly found with a handgun at the Armitage station after the shooting. The charge will be added to felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number that prosecutors approved last week.
Police said the charges were approved after Area Three detectives submitted video evidence to the state’s attorney’s office. CPD did not say if the video came from neighbors or witnesses who had been reluctant to co-operate.